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Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA brewed by Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, GA

Hopsecutioner brewed by Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, GA       

If you love hops, this killer IPA delivers! Hopsecutioner earns its name by using six different types of hops giving it a fresh citrus and pine hop nose with a beautifully bitter finish. A strong malt back bone keeps this aggressive IPA well balanced. This IPA is made for hop lovers a you may lose your hop head over this one! Hopsecutioner is brewed with five hop varieties—Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo—and dry-hopped with Cascades, which provide it with that characteristic American IPA hop aroma. The malts in Hopsecutioner include Victory, Pale Crystal, Munich, and 2-Row pale malts. Style: American IPA. ABV: 7.30%. IBU: 78.

Hopsecutioner brewed by Terrapin Beer Company

Beer Review from Beer Advocate:
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear amber with about 2-fingers of tan head. Nice retention as it leaves some soapy bubbles around and a foamy cap. The lacing is pretty good as well.

Aroma - Although the hops do impart the traditional grapefruit and citrus aromas, the nose is also full of floral and spicy notes as well. Also, this has a strong malt backbone that lends it some caramel and toffee and even a hint of burnt brown sugar.

Taste - The taste follows the path the nose blazed, with a strong orange and pine flavor. This citrus starts early and lasts well into the finish. Complementing the hops are the bready malts, which are out in full force again. I feel they help the overall profile of the beer rather than hinder it, and that sugar note is here again.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium- to heavy-bodied with zesty carbonation. Slick and oily full of hop resin, which leave a sticky feeling on the palate.

Overall - Drinkability is high. As a self-proclaimed hop head and lover of West Coast-style IPAs, I typically prefer hop-bills that aren't as strong in my IPAs, but Terrapin really puts together something tasty here. Very drinkable for the ABV as well.


Terrapin Beer Company
Terrapin Beer Company was founded by Brian "Spike" Buckowski and John Cochran. The two men actually wanted to develop their own brewery, in 1998, before they had their own beer. After finally developing a beer the two were contemplating names when Buckowski, a Grateful Dead fan, mentioned Terrapin. The name comes from "Terrapin Station," which is a Grateful Dead album. After three years of talking to bankers and investors to no avail, Spike and John realized the only way to start Terrapin Beer Company was to begin as a contract brewery.  
Terrapin Beer Company Spike and John, founders of Terrapin Beer Company
It released its first beer, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, in Spring 2002 at the Classic City Brewfest. Six months later this beer, which was sold only in Athens, Georgia, was awarded the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival. With demand for Terrapin growing daily, the Rye Pale Ale was soon made available to beer fans in Atlanta, Georgia as well. Soon after, Terrapin was chosen by producers of "Blue Ribbon" on Turner South to be featured on a TV special about breweries in the South. The viewers of this show voted Terrapin as the Best Brewery in the Southeast by an overwhelming margin of 72%.

When a Georgia state law capping beers at 6% alcohol was overturned in 2004, Spike and John turned their attention to creating a line of seasonal beers that pushed the envelope of traditional brewing. It was this desire to challenge the palates of beer drinkers everywhere that led to the creation of the Monster Beer Tour. The seasonal brews consist of Big Hoppy Monster, Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, Rye Squared, and All-American Imperial Pilsner.

Terrapin's brewery in Athens, GA is and open for tours. Located at 265 Newton Bridge Rd. in Athens, GA, the new brewery is 45,000 square feet. Tours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 5:30-7:30.


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